YDGM Ep 011: Callie Burke

Growing up I had a lot of problems with period pain and things like that every month. I ended up going and seeing a specialist and  was diagnosed with quite severe endometriosis. So from that I had operations such as laparoscopies, and things like that, and was told at 15 point blank by an OBY-GYN that I would not be able to have kids. And at 15, that’s not something you take on very well. I was mortified.

Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women from as early as menarche, the first period in a girl’s life, and continues throughout life. That’s a lot. Yet, many women who have it say they don’t talk about it. It’s just not something that is talked about in the public, so awareness is very low. So unless you have it, or know someone close to you that has it, you don’t know much about it. 

Endometriosis is when the uterine lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, around the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and sometimes in other areas in the pelvis such as the colon and bladder. It causes moderate to severe pain during periods and sometimes in between periods, as well as heavy bleeding during and in between periods. It’s one of the most common conditions related to infertility, and medical industry doesn’t know what causes it. Women are also told that there is no cure.

Callie totally persevered through her experience with her endometriosis. 

“Education and girls getting the right information, and giving them the power back to own their body and what they want to do with it is huge. It’s quite debilitating, different conditions that relate to our hormone levels and to our periods and cycles and general fertility. They impact us well before we’re ready to have kids. And the information is knowing what to look for, and there’s so much stuff out there.”

To connect with Callie, visit her website https://eliteexecutivesupport.com/. If you’d like to contact her, send an email at callie.burke@eliteexecutivesupport.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/callie.hoolihan.

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